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Program Details

Metropolitan State University offers a graduate level Nursing Certification in Wound Care, Ostomy, and Continence Care for individuals developing their knowledge and professional credentials in order to develop professionally as a nurse. The purpose of the program is to create and certify nurses who are specialized and trained in the care of wounds, procedures and practices of ostomies, and knowledge of issues relating to continence.

Students will study a specialized curriculum that focuses on the qualifications necessary to graduate the program and earn certification in medical practices. Those classes include foundations of WOC nursing, skin and wound management, ostomies and continent diversions, bowel and bladder continence, skin and wound care practicum, ostomies and continent diversions practicum, bowel and bladder continence practicum, as well as several classes to create a portfolio demonstrating their qualifications and practical knowledge involving would care, ostomies, and continence care.

Students will utilize their experience and training in order to demonstrate the qualities inherent in trained professionals who are knowledgeable in the causes and effects of criminal activity.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the critical underpinnings of implementation of nursing strategy in the role of wound, ostomy, and continence specialization, to demonstrate knowledge of the history of the specialization, the legal and ethical issues pertaining to the specialization, and understanding career and professional opportunities through the specialization, and to demonstrate basic understanding of the business and financial aspects as part of the specialization.


Students must have a Baccalaureate degree in nursing or a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in a health-related field or unrelated field with competency demonstrated in assessment, public health, leadership and research/statistics; at least 2 years of clinical experience in the specialty with one year of experience after certification; evidence of previous experience as a preceptor or clinical nursing educator experience OR completion of a formal preceptor preparation program/seminar including: principles of adult learning, clinical teaching strategies and clinical evaluation methodology; and the Advance Practice Nurse who specializes in continence care must be certified as an NP or CNS.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission